August 2012

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Cars in support races are not often faster than those at the top of the bill, but that was the case at Le Mans this year. As they took a breather after the Saturday morning Group C opening act for...
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CONTRIBUTORS With 10 British World Champions (plus a curved ball) to laud in our special poll issue, we asked the best writers in the business to help you choose Britain's favourite Fl hero. Nigel...
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Lewis Hamilton’s victory in the Canadian Grand Prix came as a huge relief not just to the 2008 World Champion, but to the whole McLaren organisation. Following Jenson Button’s superb win in the...
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The US-based Historic Grand Prix series will be among the support races at this year’s inaugural United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas in November. Organised by...
Organisers of Grands Prix around the world have got together to form the Formula One Promoters Association, giving themselves a united voice for the irst time. The man behind the FOPA initiative is...
An FIA ruling banning controversial holes in the Red Bull floor before the Canadian Grand Prix relects the intense competition at the front of the F1 grid – and the unstinting efforts of teams to...
Sebastian Vettel gave a thumbs-up to the route of the Port Imperial F1 track in New Jersey after trying it in a road car one day after the Canadian Grand Prix. But Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone...
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The appointment of administrators at Lola has brought the future of racing car manufacture in the UK into sharp focus. The administrators claim they are hopeful that Lola Cars International and its...
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Chrysler's new-generation Dodge Viper racer has started its test programme in preparation for an American Le Mans Series entry later this year. The V10-engined SRI Viper GTS-R, developed by Riley...
The LMP1 prototype class will in future be open to a range of alternative fuels in the Le Mans 24 Hours. The new-for-2014 rules are based on energy consumption, but allow only petrol- or diesel-...
A prototype powered by a hydrogen fuel cell will take the place of the Delta Wing as the experimental car on the grid in next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. The GreenGT H2, developed by a Franco-Swiss...
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Thirty years after he last raced in the UK, former Grand Prix racer Derek Daly will be a star attraction at the Goodwood Revival Meeting in September when he shares the Sunbeam Rapier of Harry...
Grand Prix driver Ian Burgess, who died in May at the age of 81, was notable more for some shady associations than for track success, culminating in a period at Her Majesty’s Pleasure. After 500cc...
London’s motoring garden party is on again. Chelsea AutoLegends, held in the green surrounds of Chelsea’s Royal Hospital, takes place on Sunday September 2. Highlights will include a replica Le Mans...
The last Silver Arrows driver, Paul Pietsch, has died at the age of 100. Recruited by Auto Union in 1935 after promising drives in his own Bugatti and Alfa Romeo, Pietsch became team-mate to the...
Two very different sports car generations will take star billing on the Saturday evening of this year’s Silverstone Classic (July 20-22). The spectacular Group C evening race will be repeated, and...
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Roy Salvadori, who has died shortly after his 90th birthday, was maybe the 1950s’ busiest racing driver. Talented and versatile, he combined a strong work ethic with an indomitable will to win, and...
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The image of a Toyota prototype flipping through the air and slamming hard into a tyre barrier will be the lasting image of the 80th Le Mans 24 hours. That Anthony Davidson escaped with ‘only’ two...
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“Those were the worst conditions I’ve ever known, because I couldn’t see a thing,” said Derek Bell. The five-time Le Mans winner had just turned the clock back in a Kremer Porsche 962 during motor...
Harrogate, Yorkshire With a 1979 Porsche 911SC straight out of the box, former GT racer Phil Hindley swept to a commanding victory on Tour Britannia, Britain’s classic race and rally extravaganza....
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Many people counted Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon and Chip Ganassi’s team out of contention at Indianapolis this year. Honda’s teams were outpaced by Chevrolet’s squads in the opening four IndyCar...
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The best supercar shoot-out to date, a dedicated class for AC Cobras and the return to action for a famous Cooper were among the headline attractions during the ifth running of the Cholmondeley...
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– Chris Amon on why St Jovite was his favourite track – Lewis Hamilton returns to his winning ways – The tackiness of the Monaco Grand Prix – Remembering ‘a damn good pro’, Roy Salvadori St Jovite. I...
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— but with reservations, as the headline suggested: 'It's fantastic — but is it a car?' Monaco is Monaco, of course, and close processions have been the way of it there for generations. It was no...
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An affirmation of Passion It’s BrItIsh Grand PrIx tIme. ThIs Is not as natIonalIstIc as it looks. Our Nige is long retired, Union flag boxers are mercifully less evident, jingoistic tattoos less...
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Walk on the Highside This iconic photograph (see page) symbolises The 500 Two-stroke at the apex of its wickedness. The victim – being cruelly ejected from his Honda NSR500 – is Wayne Gardner,...
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IndyCar's engine war This year’s IndyCar series has been re-invigorated by the return of competition between engine manufacturers. Honda was IndyCar’s sole supplier over the past six years but this...
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Sir, What a great article in the June issue by Doug Nye reflecting on the 1962 Fl season battle between Graham Hill and Jim Clark. In the interest of accuracy I feel I must correct an error in the...
Sir, Thank you for your features commemorating the 30th anniversary of the passing of Gilles Villeneuve. I have only ever attended one Grand Prix, the 1977 British race, so I had the privilege of...
Sir, The 'terrifying story' recounted by Nigel Roebuck about Commendatore Ferrari's reaction to Castelotti's death ('Castelotti morto... e la macchina?') prompted a memory of a distant event at a...
Sir, Nice article on Jean-Pierre Beltoise. He did indeed win two F1 races for BRM, though only one was a GP — interestingly, this time in the dry. The P180 F1 win at Brands was the final F1 victory...
Sir, The passing of Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori within a few weeks of each other is sad for all motor sport enthusiasts who 1110 have followed the 'golden age' of the '50s and '60s. Much has...
Sir, Without wanting to detract from Mark Webber's deserved victory, maybe someone who enjoys F1 racing, rather than its financial exploitation, can explain why the Monaco GP remains on the current...
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Sir, I enjoyed 'Lunch with...' Tony Southgate in the June issue and was amused by his quoting of the American phrase 'balls on the hood'. On the same page, your picture editor confirmed that F1...
Sir, I was thrilled to learn I had won the Guy Allen signed print that featured on the cover of the June issue of Motor Sport. I do not often enter competitions, but did on this occasion because as a...
Demolishing a Dino Sir, Having seen the car race I read with interest the article on the Colonel's Dino 2065P. As mentioned Mike Parkes drove it in the 1966 Brands Hatch British GP Group 7 'Big...
Sir, Did Christian Sylt and Caroline Reid deliberately set out to scare potential investors to death? They certainly did me! Their article (July issue) on the way F1 business operates pointed up...
Sir, I was delighted to learn from Gordon Cruickshank's Historic Scene story in the July issue that the Rob Walker Lotus 18, driven by Stirling Moss to that unforgettable 1961 Monaco victory, has...
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Britain’s greatest Indycar driver had a tricky start to the year, but when he clinched his third Indy 500 win he joined an elite club Let’s start with the bare facts. Four IndyCar championships, a...
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John Michael Hawthorn, our first British World Champion Driver, has been done no favours as increasingly frequent Grand Prix races have devalued the currency and distorted the record book. He started...
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The little grey autograph book was lost many years ago. No great loss. Even as a young child I never quite understood the fascination in collecting a signature. My book contained only two: Peter...
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Back in Australia in early 1966, when I was 13 and the world seemed to go on forever, the talk among my buddies was of The Beatles and Vietnam. For me, though, the long summer holidays (December...
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John Surtees’ glittering celebrity status is rightly underpinned by his unique achievement of being the only competitor ever to win world championships on two wheels and four. Yet his F1 record of...
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My first memory of seeing Jackie Stewart is at the Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting in 1964: a small trim man, talking to a pretty girl – Helen, his wife – with a scarf tied around her head. They were...
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James Hunt. Two words that trigger opinion and emotion. A name that transcends the sport that made him a global superstar, gave him pop idol status. I wonder what they mean to you? The bare facts are...
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Monza, 1989. As we walked through the paddock, Nigel Roebuck, Alan Henry and I, a forlorn figure limped towards us. The moustache bristled. “Ohh,” Nigel Mansell groaned theatrically, before we’d even...
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Back in 1985 when covering the national racing scene I got my hands on a complete set of commentators’ sheets for the Formula Ford Festival, filled in by the drivers for the benefit of Brian Jones,...
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"Lewis broke all the records when he arrived in Formula 1 in 2007,” says the managing director of McLaren Jonathan Neale. “People were advising us that he should come in and do a year in the test...
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Jenson Button was always special, it just took longer than it should have for his stars to align so he could prove it. The grains of truth were always there, certainly from his stellar rise from...
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By Nigel Roebuck "When Gilles was around,” said an acquaintance of mine, “for me there was only one driver in the race…” I knew what he meant. In all these years of being ensnared by racing, I can...
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Ever since the likes of John Cooper and Colin Chapman started dominating Grand prix racing in the late 1950s and early ’60s, Britain has been the hub of influence and innovation in motor racing. to...
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In the 1990s saloon car racing pulled in record crowds. Now enthusiasts for that dramatic era have fired up those staggeringly complex Super Tourers for the first race in 12 years, at Silverstone...
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It’s already a unique claim, being the TT-winning son of a TT winner, but this man embellished it by winning further TTs in big, brawny saloon cars There are many examples of a racer’s talent being...
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Against all normal wisdom, if you want to take your Ferrari 458 to Le Mans you’ll need to de-tune the engine. We drive the GTE version to see what else changes There are several motoring cliches that...
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Gaining a licence to be let loose on the tracks has never been easier. Even for the lowliest form of wannabe racers… Journalists who race are common: journalists who are genuine racing drivers less...
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Alfa Romeo has announced the return of the Alfa Spider, to be built by Mazda in Hiroshima from 2015. Don’t be appalled. The car will be developed jointly by Alfa and Mazda over the next three years,...
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The death of Roy Salvadori just three weeks affer the passing of Carroll Shelby meant that the only two people ever to have won the Le Mans 24 Hours in an Aston Martin have now been taken from us. I...
I’ve not recently witnessed a more improbable scene than watching Sir Stirling and Lady Susie Moss, Norman Dewis and Patrick Head standing patiently in one of Ryanair’s famous queues at Stansted. My...
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Cars intended to function equally well on road and track rarely work. To a car designer they're as different as land and sea and you only need to watch a seal try to move down a beach to know how...
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One of the many problems faced by Lotus right now is how to make money out of the Elise. We, the motoring press, have fawned over it these past 16 years but the truth is if you're going to make a...
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You know the way it is with hot hatches. Each successive generation is more powerful than the last, but only to mask the fact that it's also heavier and less interesting to drive. Is it any...
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Sleep is for wimps: drinking when not driving on the Mille Miglia Attending the start of this year's Mille Miglia vividly brought back the only time I have taken part in the retrospective. It was...
Looking back I find it a little shocking to discover that I cannot remember an 'S model Audi I really liked. Given the numbers there have been over the years there must surely have been some, and my...
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The potential of a film often starts with people you won’t even see on screen. That’s certainly the case with Ron Howard’s latest movie Rush As the filming draws to a close on the upcoming Ron Howard...
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To maintain Britain’s technological edge, Cranfield has organised a conference for the next generation of engineers, writers and designers As some of you may have seen on the Motor Sport website,...
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pat on the back to Sevenoaks and District MC over their Crystal Palace sprint programme, which included half a page headed 'What is a Sprint?', explaining in the simplest terms about racing "from...
The Sevenoaks & District MC’s sprint at Crystal Palace attracted the sublime and the strange Palaces figure a lot this year, but the only one I’ve been to lately wasn’t there. Crystal Palace...
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WHAT'S YOUR HISTORY? MWS was founded in London in 1927, and has been in the Smith family's hands since 1947. The manufacture, service and repair facilities are now located at Langley, Slough, where...
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News from the main auction houses around the world GOODING AND COMPANY On August 18/19 the American auction house Gooding and Company is offering for sale two interesting racers in the shape of a...
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Written, produced and directed by Mark Neale Narrated by Ewan McGregor, this film about MotoGP follows in the footsteps of the brilliant TT: Closer to the Edge in that even people who know nothing...
The Art of the Supercar by Stuart Codling Let's be honest, there's no shortage of books on supercars out there. Type 'supercar into Amazon and you'll be staring at a screen displaying well over 400...
1927-1957 by Leonardo Acerbi Unlike Acerbi's previous Mille Miglia texts, this one isn't marque specific. Instead it covers each running of the classic road race with poffed histories backed up by...
A Photographic History by Glen Smale Pick your favourite livery. That's the game we always end up playing when a Porsche Group C book lands in the office. Richard Lloyd's Canon paintjob is usually...
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Some casua bennd tne scenes pnotograpns from a busy Syerstone poddoc n 1965 ANTHONY ASKEW When Askew bought his ticket for the 1965 British GP he found you got in on practice day for free. So he took...
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The great and the good of McLaren’s glorious past recently descended on The Track to swap yarns and recall so many absent friends The recent ‘MOB’ – McLaren Old Boys – reunion evening at Brooklands...
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the foundation of Scuderia Filipinetti. Cadaverous-looking, chainsmoking, big-spending Georges Filipinetti was a very successful Swiss-Italian motor trader and...

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